Things to do in San Francisco

Top Things to Do In San Francisco

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San Francisco is an amazing city with so many things to do!  I have visited San Francisco as an adult-only trip as well as a San Francisco family vacation and both trips were fabulous!

There are lots of places to see in San Francisco.  Most likely, more than you could possibly do in one vacation.

If you are looking for fun things to do in San Francisco for your vacation, this is the right place!

Let's make a San Francisco itinerary! 

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Golden Gate Bridge

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Description From of the Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in San Francisco. It's unheard of to visit this city without getting a glimpse of the famous bridge. But where's the best view?

The first thing that you'll need to decide is if you want to see the bridge from the North or the Southside. Personally, I prefer the south side because you'll most likely already be on the side and if you cross, you'll have to pay the toll.

Unique Views

If you stick to the south side, I recommend using the Langdon Court parking lot. Why? It's free (rare for San Fran) and it is still virtually unknown! You'll also be able to enjoy three unique views of the bridge from this location.

Fisherman's Wharf

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Description by Planningaway on Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is one of the top things to do in San Francisco. It is located on the northern waterfront.  It is a large area that includes the famous Pier 39.  Tourists flock to this area to try the famous sourdough bread bowls and clam chowder at the Boudin Bakery.  You can also buy fresh crab at local stores.

Pier 39

This area is a high tourist area so you will find plenty of souvenir shops.   At Pier 39 you will find lots of restaurants, street performers,  The Aquarium at the Bay, and 7D arcade games.  There is lots of entertainment and fun to be had for all ages.

One of the most popular spots to check out on Pier 39 is located at the end of the pier.  The San Francisco Sea Lions have made a home right on the Pier! Be sure to check them out!

If you want more “touristy” ideas check out my post Planning A Girls Trip To San Francisco.

Hot Tip

Also, be sure to bring your camera because from Fisherman's Wharf there are incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.


Top things to do in San Francisco Alcatraz

Description From of Alcatraz

How would you like to walk in the footsteps of some of America’s most notorious criminals like Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly?  On a small island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, you can.

Alcatraz was originally developed as a military fortification with a lighthouse, but it is most famous for being a high-security federal prison from 1934-to 1963.


The only way to see Alcatraz is through the official tours.  They offer a day tour, night tour, and behind-the-scenes tour.  All the tours include a scenic boat ride to the island and an audio tour of the cell block. 

The Alcatraz night tour offers a bit of a spooky atmosphere and special ranger talks while the behind the scenes tour will take you to areas of Alcatraz Island that the other tours don’t.

Coit Tower

Top Things to do in San Francisco Coit Tower

Description From  on the Coit Tower

The iconic Coit Tower climbs 210′ up from the top of Telegraph Hill in San Francisco. Many people consider the view from the top to be the best panoramic vista of the city.

Sites To See

You can see Lombard Street, Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Twin Peaks, Aquatic Park, Pier 39, the Financial District, the Ferry Building, as well as San Francisco Bay itself including Angel Island, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, and the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.

Visiting Coit Tower

Visiting Coit Tower goes beyond the view from the top. A mural exhibit inside the tower depicts life in California during the Great Depression for a collection of famous painters.

You can also explore the surrounding Pioneer Park including a series of staircases leading down to Little Italy and the Waterfront.

Coit Tower Tour

Visiting Coit Tower helps you understand San Francisco in a single stop. It's also a bonus hill on a San Francisco walking tour that's well worth the climb. Don't worry; your $9 entrance fee includes an elevator ride to the top.

This image is the view from Coit Tower!

View from Coit Tower

Cable Cars in San Francisco

Top things to do in San Francisco Cable Cars

Description From of the Cable Cars

My absolute favorite thing to do in San Francisco is riding the Cable Cars. There is something so nostalgic and thrilling about them! I love to get a place on the running board where I can hang on tightly as the car rounds the corner or passes an oncoming Car. The breeze blows through my hair and I can hear the clang of the bell as we come to each stop.

Cable cars are more than transportation, they are an experience! The gripman (driver) of the cable car has to be very strong and have a great sense of timing as he grips and releases the cable. It is thrilling to watch him work, almost like he has choreographed his every move, and he also clangs the bell throughout the whole process!

 Cable Car Museum

If you visit the Cable Car Museum at Washington and Mason, you can find out all about how the cable cars work, see the cables actually running under the street, and read up on the history of the Cable Cars in San Francisco. It's a fascinating museum, and it's free!  

 Cable Car Routes

There are four different cables that run three routes. Two routes start at the end of Powell Street: Powell/Hyde and Powell/Mason. The Powell cable runs both of these routes until they split onto Hyde and Mason. 

These routes have a turntable at the end of the line so that the cars can go back the other way. It's fun to watch the cars turn around, but beware: the lines to get on the cable cars are often long at the turntable. 

Hot Tip

Just a hint: It sometimes works better to catch the cable cars at the stops along the route.  The last route is the California line. Its cars are built to go both ways, so there is no need for a turntable. They just run to the end of the line and start right back the other way.

Wharf Lines

Powell/Hyde and Powell/Mason are the lines that take you down to the wharf. The Hyde line ends near Ghirardelli Square, where you can buy some yummy chocolate or ice cream treats. Look for the Mason line which ends closer to Pier 39, if you are hoping to get delicious seafood, visit the aquarium, or watch the sea lions sun themselves.

I recommend taking a Tour or getting to know more about the cable cars in San Francisco before you go on vacation.

Ice Cream Museum

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Description From of the Ice Cream Museum

When you think of San Francisco, there are loads of well-known landmarks and attractions that you probably think about immediately, but I’m going to guess that my favorite place in all of San Francisco is likely not one of them.

Enter the Museum of Ice Cream – a beautiful, colorful, happy place filled with crazy art installations, tons of instagrammable backgrounds, and yummy treats offered throughout. I would argue that the Museum of Ice Cream is actually the happiest place on Earth, but who I am to say?

Nothing could have prepared me for the awesomeness that I encountered after stepping inside the building. I would guess that 95% of the walls, floors, and ceilings were pink, and I. Was. Obsessed.

Ice Cream Museum

You’ll start your journey through the Museum with a trip down a pink slide and end it in a sprinkle pool. Yes! You heard that right – there is a pool filled with sprinkles and it is just magical!

Ice Cream Museum History

The museum first opened as a pop-up art exhibition in Manhattan in 2016. Since then, it has opened a temporary pop-up exhibition in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as another in San Francisco that became a permanent exhibition (with rotating installments) in September 2017.

In August 2019, the museum announced its first flagship in Soho, which is opening in Fall 2019.  With each rotation of installments, the museum picks a theme and updates its 9 art installments for the theme.

Plan Ahead

Currently on view in the Museum of Ice Cream: Summer Camp.  The previously two themes (both of which I visited for!) were Pride Celebration and Sprinkle Spectacular.

If you, too, want to partake in this incredible adventure, plan early and book your tickets a couple of months in advance, as they do sell out quickly!

Hot Tip

Plan to spend about an hour in the museum, but leave yourself time to grab a beverage or more ice cream in Café 1905C and peruse the gift shop on your way out because you are going to want to buy something (or everything!).

From this ice cream queen to you, this is a lesser-known stop that you aren’t going to want to miss!

Ghirardelli Square Top Things to do in San Francisco Ghirardelli Square

Description by Planningaway on Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square may be my most favorite place in San Francisco!  There is the Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop as well as the original chocolate manufacturing plant in this area.  You can find other stores and restaurants to explore as well.

Ghirardelli Ice Cream Shop

As you walk into the chocolate shop a worker gives a square piece of Ghirardelli chocolate.  You can shop around and get cute souvenirs.  After exploring the shop, you can head to the ice cream shop and order your favorite ice cream combinations.  There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy!

My family loves the ice cream so much! When we are in San Francisco we usually come a few times during our trip to try different ice cream sundaes!

You do not want to miss out!


Top things to do in San Francisco - Exploratorium

Description From Family Road Trip Guru on the Exploratorium

Exploratorium is one of the most famous science museums in San Francisco if not in the entire U.S. The unique nature of Exploratorium stems from the fact that almost all of its exhibits are hands-on.

Whether you are exploring optical illusions, sound waves, light, or any other of multitudes of scientific phenomena around us you can try your hand at figuring out how the phenomena works and why.

Both kids and adults are equally mesmerized by everything Exploratorium has to offer. It is a huge museum with both indoor and outdoor exhibits and, honestly, we never managed to see it all in one day.

Special Events

Exploratorium is also famous for organizing various science-related events. Just this summer it hosted a month-long celebration dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing.

The museum also organizes adults-only evening parties. If you plan to spend the whole day at Exploratorium, please, note that it has a very good food court on-site offering a variety of healthy dining options. 

This is a great place to explore in San Francisco!

Twin Peaks

Top Things to do in San Francisco Twin Peaks

Description From on Twin Peaks

The Twin Peaks are two of the highest natural points in San Francisco, only Mount Davidson is higher, which means they’re the perfect places to visit if you’re looking for some beautiful viewpoints!

Twin Peaks are located not too far away from the city centre, but I would still recommend going there by car or possibly by public transport – walking would probably take you over an hour.

The views from either of the peaks are amazing and, even better, you don’t have to be in good shape or walk far to enjoy them – you can actually drive your car all the way to their tops!


Bring your camera and enjoy the beautiful view of San Francisco’s skyline and as good as the whole surrounding city. From here, you’ll be able to spot several of the most iconic sights in the city – such as the Golden Gate Bridge.

I love scenic drives and although this is a short one up to the viewpoint, you surely get a lot in return for those few minutes in the car.

Hot Tip

If you want some magic light and beautiful colors to make the view from the peaks even better, try to make it here just before sunset!

The California Science Museum

Top things to do in San Francisco - California Science Museum

Description From Travel Niche Design's On the California Academy of Science

The California Academy of Sciences is seriously one of the coolest and most interesting science museums you will ever visit. Located in Golden Gate Park, it offers something for every age making it a perfect stop for families traveling.

It is an aquarium, planetarium, rain forest, and natural history museum. One can walk through a butterfly enclosure, visit the living rooftop, and even spend the night if you plan ahead. You can also meet with working scientists and attend lectures and workshops for budding scientists.

Check Out The Rooftop

The stupendous living rooftop provides more than just a tourist gimmick. This rooftop is used to monitor weather changes and temperatures used to maintain the rain forest. It also provides solar power which keeps the interior piazza at just the right temperature and allows natural light to illuminate the interior exhibits.

The rooftop has 7 small hills with solar panels, comprised of 50,000 biodegradable trays. An estimated 1.7 million plants occupy the trays. These plants' roots are home to a variety of birds, insects, and small mammals.

This is one place not to miss when visiting San Francisco. Be sure to add it to your San Francisco itinerary. 

If you want a more exclusive experience consider the Behind the Scenes Tour


Things to do in San Fran Presidio

Description From Travel Niche Design at Presidio, Baker Beach, and Crissy Field

If you are looking for some of the best Instagram spots in San Francisco look no further than The Presidio, Baker Beach, and Crissy Field. Technically, they are all part of The Presidio, but they are distinct areas. 


The Presidio is an old army base turned national park. It is full of eucalyptus and redwood trees, scenic overlooks, picnic spots, and plenty of hiking and cycling trails.

 You can stay inside the park at one of 2 hotels or you can camp right in the heart of San Francisco. The Presidio is also home to restaurants, the Disney Museum, and Lucasfilm/Industrial Light and Magic of Star Wars fame. If you are a Star Wars fan, you can find Yoda hanging out in front of building B. 

Hot Tip

There is a free shuttle offering 3 routes to, and around, the park. The Go Downtown route offers service between the Transbay Terminal, Embarcadero BART, and Union Street/Van Ness Avenue, and the Presidio. 

 Two routes around the park – Presidio Hills and Crissy Field – will take you to 40 destinations within the Presidio.

Please note that some trips on the Presidio shuttle require a Presidio Go Pass, so check with the park service when planning.

Baker Beach

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Baker Beach provides one of the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge around. It's also a beautiful, sandy wonderland. Great for sunbathing, picnicking, and hiking the Lands End Trail. You can also bring your dog if you are so inclined.

This is not an area for swimming, however, as there are dangerous rip currents that can sweep a person out to sea at a moment’s notice. This beach is be enjoyed on the shore and for its amazing bridge views.

 Crissy Field

Crissy Field is the place to go for more fabulous photos of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as people and bird watching. This spot is where locals go to hang out and get some fresh air.

You’ll see frisbee golf, kite flying, picnics, skateboarders, dog walking, and runners. It's also known for being a great place for bird watching due to the marshlands nearby which are home to over 100 different bird species.  It's just a cool place to relax and unwind.

It is time to explore more of Northern California and add this to your San Francisco itinerary! 


Things to do in San Francisco Sausalito

Experience From DottedGlobe on Sausalito

Located across the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito is a charming community. It has beautiful views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay.

It also has colorful houses, cafes, art galleries, boutique shopping, and trendy eateries. Sausalito's waterfront is very pretty and feels more European than American. You will see locals sailing on a calm sunny day and watch yachts at the marina. You can also see the occasional marine life in winter.

Take the Ferry

The seaside town is a perfect day trip from the City. To reach Sausalito, you can take a ferry from San Francisco or just drive, though parking in the town is a nightmare. Or you can do like us and bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito.

We definitely recommend the last one – it was our favorite experience on our California road trip – biking across the bridge is thrilling plus the town is meant to be explored on a bike!

Muir Woods

Top Things to do in San Francisco Muir Woods

Description From Prosperity Passenger of Muir Woods

Walk among ancient giants in an old-growth forest of redwoods in northern California. Tucked in one of the nation’s largest urban areas, Muir Woods National Monument is a retreat into nature in the bustling neighborhoods of the San Francisco Bay area.

Nothing can really prepare you for the incredible giant redwoods.  Redwoods are the tallest trees on Earth.  The air smells purer.  The temperature drops.  The air is crisp and clean like you have never breathed before.   You can spend hours in the woods exploring, hiking the trails, and reading about all the redwoods.

History of Muir Woods

Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway to an era of conservation, to modern preservation.

In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better and for worse. In May 1945, Muir Woods was host to a very special international event. United Nations delegates meeting in San Francisco traveled to Muir Woods to honor the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt with a special memorial in a grove of redwood trees.

This 550 acres of land was named for famed naturalist and conservationist John Muir, who was influential in the preservation of wilderness and the creation of public lands.

Nations First National Monument

It was the nation’s first national monument created for a living thing: the redwood trees. Over the past 110 years, millions of people from around the world have experienced the natural woodlands. Muir Woods National Monument protects more than this land dominated by coastal redwoods.

Plan Ahead

Muir Woods is a popular destination, so it is important to plan ahead.  Shuttle or parking reservations are required to get there. Even Uber or Lyft can be tricky with the spotty cell phone signal in the park. You could also take a Ferry or Tour from San Francisco to get to the area. There is even an app if you are visiting the many other National Park Service sites in the San Francisco area.

 Muir Woods is worth adding to your San Francisco itinerary.

Oracle Baseball Park

Oracle Field Top things to do in San Francisco

Description From Travels with Eli on the Oracle Field

Even if you aren’t a huge fan of baseball, a Giants game at Oracle Park is a fun and affordable activity for the whole family. Oracle Park is located right on the ocean.

The outfield is designed to allow home run balls to actually make it out of the park and into the ocean.  Cheap tickets are usually available in sections 308 through 331 where you can watch the game and take in the beautiful ocean views.

A Giants game has something for everyone in the family.  Adults will love the great selection of food and craft beer (not your typical ballpark food and beer).  Kids love the huge slide and playground built into a gigantic coke bottle and baseball glove in left field. The largest slide is perfect for older kids and there is a smaller playground for the little ones.

If you only have a short amount of time in San Francisco, this two-day San Francisco itinerary will help you fit in as much as possible.

Sutro Baths

Top things to do in San Francisco Sutros Baths

Description of the Sutros Baths From Livingoutlau

If you are looking for the best views of the Pacific Ocean along some fantastic cliffs, then you cannot miss Sutro Baths. Sutro Baths is a historical landmark located on the western edge of San Francisco.

It used to be the first indoor public swimming pool back in 1896. However, the business was not going so well and the owner was forced to sell the facility. Before the transaction went through, the whole facility was burned down from an act of arson.

Now Sutro Baths are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. Other than the amazing history, Sutro Baths are one of the most beautiful places in San Francisco.


Come at sunset for a nice walk on some of the nearby trails while watching the glorious sun fade away to darkness. Make sure you don't stay too late though because that area could be a little dangerous!

Painted Ladies

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Description From Travels with Bibi's of the Painted Ladies

San Francisco’s Alamo Square is a picturesque neighborhood that is home to the most famous of the Painted Ladies. What exactly are the Painted Ladies? I’m glad you asked!

Painted Ladies is the term used to describe any Victorian or Edwardian style house that is painted in three or more colors to enhance the architectural detail.

While Painted Ladies can be found all over San Francisco, the row of homes that sits along the area’s popular park draws crowds of photographers on most days of the year.

The Painted Ladies here, commonly known as the Seven Sisters, are across from the park in the 700 block of Steiner Street. These beauties regally line up side-by-side and present a perfect Instagram-worthy scene, with the houses in the foreground and downtown San Francisco in the background.

You can see other beautiful Victorian-style homes around the park and throughout the neighborhood, so take some time for a leisurely stroll. To get a great photo, walk up Hayes Street about a block to Pierce Street.

Full House

From this vantage point, you may recognize the view from the opening credits of the TV series Full House.  Since these famous homes face west, and the sun shines on them in the afternoon, the best time to take photographs is later in the day.

More to Do

There’s more to do in and around the San Francisco area besides snapping a frame-worthy photo. The grassy hilltop park, which is bordered by Fulton, Steiner, Scott, and Hayes Streets, is a favorite destination for families of all ages.

The younger crowd can play the day away on the two-level playground and pet parents can bring Fido for a romp in the dog park.

Yerba Buena Gardens

Top things to do in San Francisco Yerba Buena Park

Description From LayerCulture on Yerba Buena Gardens

Whilst in the busy commercial zone of San Francisco and looking for new attractions to pass your time, be sure to check out Yerba Buena Gardens.

You can escape the skyscrapers and concrete sidewalks in seconds. Once inside this park, you’ll be greeted by a beautiful stretch of rolling gardens, flowers, water fountains, and even free concerts that are scheduled throughout the year.

If you’re downtown on a Sunday this is the perfect place to stroll with loved ones. Traveling with kids? Even better as there is a little playground and food court close by which overlooks the park. Make sure you carry a decent travel camera along with you so you can capture your favorite moments with family and friends.

Wall Fall

The “wall fall’ is one of the most attractive installations in the park which has been elegantly positioned as a focal point in the gardens. No matter whether you are a local or a visitor to the Yerba Buena Gardens, this is a place you can visit time and time again to enjoy its natural beauty.

San Francisco Tours 

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

Bike Riding in San Francisco

This Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bike Tour is a great way to experience the iconic landmark.  If you want to get a little exercise while on vacation this would be perfect!

Golden Gate Bridge Historical Walking Tour

Things to do in San Francisco Sausalito

If you prefer to walk and would love to learn the history of the area then the Golden Gate Historical Walk with Secret Bridge Viewpoint 

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Riding the Bart in San Francisco

We decided to see the Golden Gate Bridge by going on the Big Bus San Francisco: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour. This is a great option if you do not have a car and would rather drive across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Also, the hop on hop off bus tour has many stops throughout the city.  We were able to see so much because of this tour.

The Sightseeing Pass

Ferry Building San Francisco

San Francisco Sightseeing Flex Pass: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour, Entry to Top Attractions, and More! is a great option if you are planning on doing more than one attraction that the pass includes.  This will save you money compared to buying individual tickets at each location.

San Francisco Electric Bike Rental

Bike Riding Around San Francisco

Another great way to see the city is by renting bikes! San Francisco Electric Bike Ride is a really fun way to explore and get around the city.

Segway Tour

San Francisco Segway Night Tour would be so cool!  It would be something neat to try out as you explore San Francisco!

San Francisco Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Helicopter tour is the ultimate adventure. Getting an aerial view would be amazing!  I bet you didn't even know this was an option but now you do!

Seaplane Ride

Another cool and unique thing to try would be a San Francisco Seaplane Ride! This is another adventurous option that might interest you!

Alcatraz Ticket, Chinatown Walking Tour, and Cable Car Ticket

This ticket is an all-in-one way to see some really neat locations in San Francisco.  It might be a good idea to get this if you were unable to get Alcatraz tickets on their homepage.

Enjoy Your Time In San Francisco


Hope you enjoyed all these great ideas on the Top Things to do in San Francisco! I know you are going to have a great time! Hopefully, this will give you some ideas to create your San Francisco itinerary! 

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  1. Wow what a great list! I’ve been to many of those listed but some I have never heard of. I might need to go take another trip!!

  2. I love San Francisco! Now that my daughter and her family live just north of there, I can visit more often. Thanks for including me in your article!

  3. What an awesome compilation of things to do in San Fran! I have never been there but I am sure saving this list for when I go!

  4. There are so many amazing places here to visit. I loved visiting the area but it was prior to kids so we should head back for some fun. The Exploratorium and the Ice Cream Museum will be on my kid’s lists for sure.

  5. Wow! I’ve never been to SF but when I get the chance to go, I know I’m going to pull up this list to start planning my trip. I’m not a museum fan (generally speaking) but the ice cream and cable car museums sound like they’d be really cool. As for the pink in the ice cream shop, I love pink, too. I saw a sign recently that said, “If it’s pink and sparkly, I need it.” That is so true of me. LOL

  6. I love San Francisco! I haven’t been to Alcatraz yet or Muir Woods, but they are both on my list for my next visit. As well as some mandatory shots of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    1. We did not do Alcatraz because you have to reserve your tickets in advanced in busy times. When I took my kids I didn’t want to go!

  7. Oh my goodness your suggestions are fantastic! Great pics too! Do you happen to have a favorite “must” do on your list?

    1. Ghirardelli Square, I just loved eating the ice cream! I am in the process of making a few more blog post about San Fran and those will list the best places to eat!

  8. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities! And there are places on this list that I haven’t visited. Every time I go I find more to love! Thanks for including me in the post. 🙂

  9. Great list of things to do in my favorite city! Next time don’t miss the fortune cookie factory in Chinatown, Top of the Mark, and nature areas surrounding the city!

  10. Love this post! And I love San Francisco! Such great ideas from this collaboration post…and a few things I hadn’t heard of before like the Ice Cream Museum…sign me up!

  11. It’s been years since I visited San Francisco but I really want to return. Many of the places I’ve been to but many I have not, like the ice cream museum…love ice cream.

  12. This is the second article about the wonders of san francisco I’ve read this weekend. I think its time i go take th family and check out all this fun to be had!

  13. This is a fantastic post. San Fran is on my list. I have wanted to go for a while, just need to make time to do it. I will keep this post handy.

  14. The ice cream museum would be my favorite! I’m not sure Ill ever go to sanfran again, but if I do- I am going there!

  15. Wow! We have been to San Francisco and missed so many of the places you covered. It looks like your family had a great time. I have to go back…don’t you? We absolutely loved it!

    1. When we went as a family we did not get to do everything because it rained and rained but we still had fun and did more museums!

  16. Great list! I’d also recommend catching a play at the Orpheum Theater and checking out the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory. Love all of your other noted spots!

  17. Heading there next week! Thanks for posting this…I have never been to the ice cream museum and I am looking forward to it.

  18. Just up the street from me is SF and still so much to do. I have done a lot of these, a great list! But still more to do – pinned to make the full list complete!

  19. This is a city that we cannot wait to visit. Your post makes me even more anxious. I knew of some of the items that you listed, but know we have even more to see. Thank you.

  20. I grew up in California and have been to San Francisco a few times. I love it there. I have done many of the things you have listed but next time I go I will have to try the ice cream museum. That looks like fun.

  21. Wow – you covered so many fun things to do, makes me want to come for a visit! Thank you for very informative and fun post!

  22. Great post! We are planning a trip to San Francisco later next year. I pinned this for when I start planning our trip soon. Thanks!

  23. San Fransico is definitely on my bucket list! I think I would have to start with the ice cream museum….maybe even do that one twice!!

  24. What a fantastic idea to tie in all those other bloggers’ experiences. I can’t believe I’m almost 50 and haven’t been to San Francisco. I still have to get to CA first. I would head straight to the Muir Woods and Sutro Baths. It’s on my bucket list!

  25. Great list! I’ve been to San Fran many times, but there was a lot on this list I haven’t done. So I have a number of ideas for my next visit!!

  26. This is a great resource for anyone planning to visit the San Francisco area. It’s been several years since I’ve been there, but I do have great memories from the visit.

  27. Such a great collaborative list! I’ve been to a few of these, but definitely saw several I’d like to return to see. My favorite last time we were in the area was Muir Wood! It was one of my favorite hikes ever!

  28. Wow! I have good friends who just moved to San Francisco this month and I am eager to visit (A LOT) What a great list to take with me. For them, too, perhaps, as they are new there.

  29. I can’t wait to go to San Francisco. We went to California for the first time this summer, and I know I want to go back and explore some other areas. I definitely want to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, but that Ice Cream museum looks pretty cool, too. San Francisco looks so fun!

    1. California is a great state with so many things to see and do. We go every year but there have been years when we have gone more than once!

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  31. I’d LOVE to visit San Francisco! It’s definitely on my US travel list. Thanks for a great line up of places to explore.

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  33. thank you for sharing! love SFO! we’re coming back almost every year and even than I did find some places on your list i’ve never heard of. thank you

  34. GREAT list! I wish we had visited San Fran when we were living out west in the early 2000s. I don’t think I’ll have time to when I go out later this year either. Sooo sad. There are so many amazing things to see and do out that way.

  35. I just came back from San Francisco a few weeks ago. It was my first time there and I loved it! Alcatraz was a highlight as well as going over the Golden Gate Bridge.

  36. This is a fantastic post. You’ve got something for everyone here, from the hiker to the sports lover, to beaches! Your photos are fantastic!

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